Donald Raymond Eckelkamp Memorial Fund

Donald Raymond Eckelkamp of Chelmsford, MA, 81 died Monday, October 19, 2020 at home surrounded by his loving family. He was married to Carol F. (Cooper) Eckelkamp with whom he celebrated 58 years of marriage.

Born in Tarrytown, NY on September 11, 1939. He was a graduate of Ritenour High School St. Louis MO with the class of 1957. He attended Missouri University. He served with the U.S. Air Force during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

He retired from B&W Printing and previously worked at McDonnell Douglas, ThJohn Birch Society and ACME Printing.

He was a member of St. Irene’s Parish being very active as a Eucharistic Minister and CCD teacher. He was a member of the KoC.

He was a Scoutmaster of Troop 644 at St. Jude’s Parish Maryland Heights MO. Past Cubmaster of Pack 81 in Chelmsford, active with the BSA and Order of the Arrow as a Vigil Honor Member. He was an avid artist and photographer.

Besides his wife, he is survived by his 9 sons Christopher Eckelkamp of Chelmsford, Jeffrey and Elise Eckelkamp of Natick, MA, Gregory and Lisa Eckelkamp of Chelmsford, MA, Douglas and Kristin Eckelkamp of Danvers, MA, David Eckelkamp of Somerville, MA, Curtis and Kerry Eckelkamp of Amesbury, MA, Philip Eckelkamp of Chelmsford, MA, Peter and Emily Eckelkamp of Amesbury, MA and Matthew Eckelkamp of Chelmsford, MA, his sister Rita and Thomas Sabliba of S. Freeport, ME, brother William Eckelkamp of Springhill, FL, sister-in-law Phyllis Eckelkamp of Cadiz, KY, brother-in-law Timothy Weir of Kirkwood, Missouri and many nieces and nephews. He was extremely proud of his grandchildren: Brian, Elizabeth, Connor, Bradley; Stephen, Claire, Timothy; Kenny, Sarah, Nicholas, Julia, Sam; Owen; Quinn, Casey, Maya; Lily, Aria.

Memorials may be made in his name to the Key Foundation Inc.

 

Lake Swim XVI, August 22, 2020

With camps closed and a global pandemic enduring, the challenge to "Keep the Spirit Alive" is greater now than ever before. We all understand the value and power of our community and the need to "do our best", even under difficult circumstances. On that note, The Key Foundation is proud to present the 2020 Andrew Curry Green Lake Swim XVI: Choose Your Own Adventure. Register today:


Jerry Lutz Camp Memorial Fund

We mourn the loss of Jerry Lutz from cancer. RIP Jerry, a Brother Eagle Scout gone too soon.

 

Hank Manchester Fund

It is with profound sadness that The Key Foundation Inc. acknowledges the passing of Henry J. “Hank” Manchester Jr. on June 04, 2019.

Hank was an Electronic Engineer for Raytheon Corp. for 45 years retiring in 2009 and was an avid outdoorsman enjoying hiking, camping, running, coaching soccer and playing softball. He was extremely active with the Boy Scouts of America having been a Scoutmaster for troops 88, 11 and 30 along with encouraging his 3 sons all of which attained the rank of Eagle Scout. Hank also earned the difficult to achieve Wood Badge and Silver Beaver award but his greatest joy was spending time with his wife, sons and their families, and friends.

Visiting hours will be held Sunday, June 9 from 1 – 4 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be held in St. Theresa Church, Billerica at 10:30 a.m on Monday, June 10. Relatives and friends respectfully invited.

The Manchester Family has established a fund with the Key Foundation Inc. to honor the memory of Hank Manchester in benefit to Wah-Tut-Ca Scout Reservation and Troop 7 of Lowell MA.

 

George D. Kouloheras Fund

It is with profound sadness that The Key Foundation Inc. acknowledges the passing of George D. Kouloheras on January 27, 2019. A beloved member of our community, he dedicated his life to encouraging, inspiring and empowering youth.

His love of his fellow man was most deeply expressed on the trails of Wah-Tut-Ca Scout Reservation along the shores of Northwood Lake. May his memory be eternal.

The Kouloheras Family has established a fund with the Key Foundation Inc. to honor the memory of George Kouloheras in benefit to Wah-Tut-Ca Scout Reservation.

 

Louis Berard "Mr. B" Fund

With sadness, The Key Foundation Inc. acknowledges the passing of Louis Berard, the last known living founder of Wah-Tut-Ca Scout Reservation. In 1936-37, as a member of Troop 5 Lowell, Louis was among the 500 pairs of hands that built Wah-Tut-Ca Scout Reservation. He was a camper when Wah-Tut-Ca opened on July 4, 1937.

Scouting and Wah-Tut-Ca remained close to his heart throughout his lifetime. Over many decades as an adult leader of Troop 80, Dracut MA, Louis brought generations of Scouts to WTCSR. His service inspires hundreds of people today.

The Berard Family has established a fund with the Key Foundation Inc. to honor the memory of Louis Berard in benefit to Wah-Tut-Ca Scout Reservation.

 

Thomas F. Markham Jr. Fund

The Marham family has established a development fund for Wah-Tut-Ca Scout Reservation to be adminstered by the Key Foundation Inc. This has been established in honor of Thomas F. Markham Jr, a long time friend and brother of Wah-Tut-Ca and the Key Foundation.

Thomas F. Markham, Jr., of Rye Beach, NH, formerly of Eliot, ME and Wakefield, MA died on November 23, in his residence after complications from a lengthy struggle with an ever debilitating Parkinson’s disorder; the last month especially difficult. He was born in Lowell, MA on July 18, 1933 and was the loving son the late Thomas F. and Elizabeth (Tully) Markham.

Tom, an avid boater and dedicated Boy Scout and community leader, was a graduate of Lowell High School, class of 1951, and Saint Anselm College and Fitchburg State College where he earned a Masters in Education. He served our nation in the United States Army and Army Reserve from 1952 to 1963 and in active duty in the 3rd US Infantry Regiment (“The Old Guard”) from 1956 to 1958. He was Honorably Discharged with the rank of Staff Sargent on February 14, 1963. Tom married his best friend and love of his life, Adrienne (Murphy) Markham, a retired nurse and nursing professor, of Lawrence, MA on November 8, 1959 and together they started a family in Chelmsford, MA that, in 1980, would take them to Wakefield, MA and eventually retiring to Eliot, ME and Rye Beach, NH.

Education was at the core of Tom’s values and began a career as a teacher at Lowell High School and Dracut High School; later being hired as the director of vocational and adult education at Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School, where he also served as interim superintendent, and in 1980 began his humble, yet accomplished twenty-year tenure as Superintendent-Director of Northeast Metropolitan Regional Vocation Technical School in Wakefield. He was active in several professional associations, including the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents, the Massachusetts Association of Vocational Administrators and the Massachusetts Municipal Association. 

Community and volunteer leadership and service also marked Tom’s life’s work having served as member and chair of the Board of Selectmen and the Town Finance Committee in Chelmsford, and Planning Committee and Founding Regional School Committee for the Nashoba Regional Vocational School District in Westford. Tom was a founding member and Life Member of the Chelmsford Lodge of Elks, and active in the Eliot-Kittery, ME Lions Club. A committed adult leader in Boy Scouting, Tom was a parent leader in Chelmsford’s Cub Pack 61 and later Boy Scout Troop 77, where he served a chair of the Troop Committee, and among many camping and outdoor adventures he enjoyed years at Wah-Tut-Ca Scout Reservation. He was selected for adult membership in the Order of the Arrow having achieved his Brotherhood Membership in Wannalancit Lodge in 1981. In the 1980’s and 1990’s, he was tapped to serve on the Executive Boards of two, now legacy, boy scout councils, namely the Greater Lowell Council and the Boston Minuteman Council.

 

Northern Nexus Capital Fund

At the 2016 Key Foundation Annual Dinner the board of directors formally announced the foundation's commitment to provide $100,000 to fund the Spirit Of Adventure Council's Northern NeXus of Adventure. To date TKF has provided $50,000 to this fund